The only thing this phenomenal talent has not accomplished was releasing a CD in America! Andy has experienced great success with several of his solo releases in Europe and Japan, but That Was Then, This Is Now (the best of X-tacy) is his first worldwide CD that includes a US release! This CD features 11 newly re-mastered tracks from his first two highly acclaimed solo releases, ear X-tacy and ear X-atcy 2 as well as five new songs recorded especially for this compilation that contain some of Andy's best playing ever. Songs such as the Hendrix inspired "Electric Gypsy", the homage to Stevie Ray Vaughan, "I Remember Stevie", a beautiful ballad "A Night To Remember, the country chicken-picking barn-burner "Farmer Sez", and the incredible tribute to George Harrison, "Slips Away" are just a few examples of why Andy has long been respected and admired in the guitar community. The common thread through all these musical genres seems to be Andy's passionate style and sense of melody.
Andy's musical career began in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana at the age of 13 with his first band, Taylor Bay. Early on, I realized that making it in a rock band was such a long-shot, that I better figure out other ways of making a living playing guitar. I began reading about players like Steve Lukather and Larry Carlton who made their living as session musicians. This really appealed to me, since I really loved a wide variety of musical styles. The decision to pursue the studio scene led him to more serious music studies. He studied classical guitar for two years before moving to Miami to study jazz guitar at the University of Miami (largely because the Dixie Dregs, Pat Metheny, and Jaco Pastorius had all gone there). He eventually ended up in Dallas where he was very fortunate to get a foot in the door of a very good studio scene. In 1988, the Andy Timmons band was formed and he quickly gained a following in Texas. Around that time, Epic recording artists Danger Danger recruited him to finish their debut record, film several videos, and begin touring. After 4 years in New York with Danger Danger, Andy returned to Dallas in 1993 to resume his studio career and the Andy Timmons Band. His first solo release, ear X-tacy, was released in 1994 to critical acclaim followed by 1997's ear X-tacy 2 and Pawn Kings, 1998's Orange Swirl, 1999's The Spoken and the Unspoken, and 2000's double CD, And-thology 1 & 2.
Andy has been consistently voted a Top 20 Favorite Guitarist in most of Japan's rock music magazine's reader polls, as well as being voted "Musician of the Year" four years in a row in the acclaimed Dallas Observer Music Awards. He also has become one of the most respected and sought after clinicians representing Ibanez Guitars, touring the world on their behalf. Just recently, Andy appeared on The Tonight Show and Good Morning America as guitarist for LeeAnn Rimes.
"Vai's Favored Nations is the first U.S. label that I've ever considered working with. It's an honor to be a part of their family".
That Was Then, This Is Now (the best of X-tacy) is in stores everywhere May 7, 2002
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